We've talked a lot about the Honda Vezel over the past few months, as the Autoblog staff is looking forward to the Fit-based CUV. It's a handsome little vehicle, that we think will do quite well when it finally arrives in the US market. That said, it's not a particularly exciting vehicle to look at.

Along with the appearance of the Mugen-tuned Vezel at the Tokyo Auto Salon, though, a new concept that's being shown by Honda today at India's Delhi Auto Expo has us hopeful for a Vezel that looks a bit more assertive. It's called the Vision XS-1 Concept, and it's a seven-passenger (yes, seven) crossover that features minivan-style sliding doors. It sports Honda's "Exciting H Design," which is the same design philosophy used by the stylists that penned the new Fit. Unfortunately, at the moment, Honda has provided exactly zero details about what powers its new concept.

As a concept for the Indian market, which is home to some of the tightest, most congested roads on the planet, the stylish XS-1 is meant to demonstrate that Honda knows a thing or six about building compact vehicles. In that regard, we think it's a spot-on piece of work. Let us know what you think of it in Comments, but first, have a look up top for a gallery of images and then scroll down for a brief video and the official press release from Honda.


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Honda Exhibits World Premiere of Creative Study Model "Honda Vision XS-1" at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 in India

TOKYO, Japan, February 5, 2014 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. exhibited the world premiere of the Honda Vision XS-1 at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India (press days: February 5-6, public days: February 7-11, 2014).

The Honda Vision XS-1 is a creative study model which embodies Honda's vision for the future of manufacturing. Based on Honda's original M/M (man maximum, machine minimum) concept*, the Honda Vision XS-1 fuses together two different values, a sporty exterior styling and amazing spaciousness, in the compact body. Furthermore, based on the Honda design concept, "Exciting H Design," Honda's human-centered design concept was embodied in this model.

The Honda Vision XS-1 was designed to represent Honda's creativity in designing compact vehicles whose market is growing all around the world. Although there is no mass-production plan for this model at the moment, Honda chose to exhibit the world premiere of this model in India, a rapidly growing market where Honda has strong ties.

<Key features of the Honda Vision XS-1>
・Three rows of seats for a maximum of seven occupants in the compact body
・Realizing both sportiness and versatile space at the same time
・Sliding doors with large openings
Since its foundation, Honda has been retaining the passion and beliefs toward the art of manufacturing. Honda will continue proposing the Honda Vision that is filled with unique ideas.


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      Scooter
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks like a current CRV from some parallel-futuristic universe.
      • 10 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 10 Months Ago
      When looking at the video, and pictures on other sites, it's not bad looking. The photos here at Autoblog must have been taken with an exteme wide-angle lens.
      gregorycalise
      • 10 Months Ago
      An open letter to Honda management. Do yourselves a favor, and fire your entire Honda and Acura design dept. The cars they have been producing for the last 10 years are ugly. Who, in their right mind, would continue placing that Acura grill shield on their cars, after public and media outrage?
        pwr2lbs
        • 10 Months Ago
        @gregorycalise
        Amen, I used to love Honda/Acura styling mid late 90's. It has been just pure garbage for a while.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      U to the G to the L to the Y.
      IBx27
      • 10 Months Ago
      Take all the elements on this car that make it cool, every last little detail, throw them out, and that's what you'll get for production. They might as well have an Aston Martin on the concept podium.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Aztek and the Juke are beginning to look classic.
      Arizonarelax
      • 10 Months Ago
      Styling reminds me a bit of a shark. The grill is a bit much and dated but at least it is different. Appreciate the work that went into this. Of course we will never see anything like this.
      flammablewater
      • 10 Months Ago
      Honda: stop it. Where's the Civic hatchback? Or the Fit Si? No one wants your dumb crossovers (except for all the people who buy them - ugh).
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @flammablewater
        Don't worry, the crossover bubble will burst soon.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Also, I stand by what I said. The crossover bubble will burst soon, as the generation that comes of age in them eschews them for something else.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          I'm the same guy who's been butting heads with you since 2011, brah.
          flammablewater
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          That can't happen soon enough. Then we can get wagons back.
      pickles
      • 10 Months Ago
      Dustbuster.
      kontroll
      • 10 Months Ago
      hey honda, your hood is partially open!
      Adam B.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Could this be a very early interpretation of the upcoming Pilot?
        Dfelix70
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Adam B.
        Too small of a platform. the Pilot needs to maintain its roominess to compete in its segment.
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Adam B.
        I doubt it, seeing as its intended for the Indian market.
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